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Saturday, June 25, 2016

A NEEDFUL FLOSS KEEP POT with LID

I have been working on these sweet, prim looking  
NEEDFUL FLOSS KEEP POTS 
for the last few days.  
I LUV Punch Needle Art, and have been inspired to do something for the floss to help keep it 
organized and out of the way while punching.
Sooo...
here is what I have been thinking & creating.
  Paper mache pots have been sealed 
and painted inside and out, 
top and bottom. 

A generous Center hole was added 
in the LID for the thread.  
The pot is 3" x 3" x 3" with enough 
room for more than one spool of floss...
one of which is then pulled thru the 
neat and tidy hole, 
ready to thread the punch needle.

Aged trim was secured to the lid's rim. 

The exterior of the bottom of the pot
was sealed & painted charcoal.


 I found various primitive prints that 
fit the project very nicely.


I am delighted (hope you are too) with how 
great these turned out...
surely to become a Puncher's Dream come true.
 
These would be terrific gifts for special 
'punching' friends 
OR 
Treat yourself Too.

Asking $18 each with FREE Priority SHIPPING
(will combine shipping for additional items.)

...If interested...
click
 HERE
momshoresbarb1@yahoo.com

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I am still thinking so
~NEXT~
I will be making small weighted pin cushions to sit 
inside the Needful Floss Keep Pot
 to keep the KEEP more stationary.

Hope you enjoyed my day... I DID.

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As always Peace to ALL,
Barb  

'GOD BLESS AMERICA'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MY SUNFLOWER PINCUSHION ~ OOAK

I LOVE THIS PINCUSHION
It is securely mounted (NO glue) on a vintage, wooden, textile spool that is 4 1/2" tall.  
The wool is all hand dyed and felted...Sunflower center
 is 3 1/2" round and has been firmly stuffed with poly fil.  
Black, glass beads were added for extra interest.
Yellow sunflower petals radiate to a 7" diameter.
It is all firmly sewn and attached to the green wool
which is secured, again NO glue, to bakelite top of bobbin.



This has been handcrafted from my own pattern, 
~ OOAK ~

Am asking $39.00 with Free Shipping
If Interested...click HERE
momshoresbarb1@yahoo.com
(I accept PayPal, checks and M.O.s)

Enjoy the day ... PEACE for all,
...God Bless America...
Barb

Saturday, June 18, 2016

TRYING TO LEARN KNITTING ? ? ?

TRYING TO KNIT ? ? ?
This is a 'Tasha Tudor Kindred Spirit Shawl'...
I have admired her art and 1900's way of life (although not for me as I like the modern conveniences too well).  

Tasha Tudo'rs hand knit shwla

For those who are not familiar she lived in Vermont Without running water, had a well, No electricity, used candles and lanterns and cooked over her wood burning stove & fireplace...so they say and it is written as such.


Here she is knitting and wearing one of her shawls and this is the design I am striving for.
It is just a big triangle that is wrapped around shoulders, secured with a shawl kind of pin to keep you warm and cozy during those bitter cold winter months just like in VT. 
 ~ ~ ~
My counted cross stitching is progressing very slowly, 
in between learning to knit.
There are way too many eyelet stitches that really slow me down.  but, that's what I get for not looking closer, before I decided to do this...I really like the sampler look. 
It is a SAL pattern from Blackbird Designs.

I try to get some of it done daily and knit a little bit daily...Just does not always work out.
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Just wanted to say Hi and for the Dads to
Enjoy the Father's Day weekend ahead...
We are staying home and kicking back as they say.
Maybe BBQ if not too windy and HOT (104 degrees).
 Peace for Everyone,
Barb

Monday, June 6, 2016

GOD BLESS AMERICA


JUNE 6, 1944
THE INVASION of NORMANDY

... History D Day The Longest Day Public Domain Clip Art Photos and Images

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE
A COMRADE IN ARMS
KNOWN BUT TO GOD

AMEN

Friday, June 3, 2016

PUNCH NEEDLE Christmas Ornaments

Getting ready to do a Punch Needle Demonstration
"Christmas in July"
on the 28th of July.
Will be doing these 4 designs from one of 
 Primitive Gatherings wool applique patterns.
Myself and other members of 'Creative Crafters' 
will be demonstrating Punch Needle techniques
using these for some of the samples.  
I will be making two more of each for Sandy's and 
my cypress tree that we decorate 
for the kitchen/nook area of our home.

These too will be included in our decorating. 
They were made and used for our 
Families last year's Holiday Festivities.
The 'St Nick" Star Santa is Doreen Frost's pattern.
~Just too cute~ 

The Demonstration will surely be Lots of Fun 
and provide enjoyable camaraderie for our members 
and non-members too...All are Welcome!

Just thought you might like to know...
Enjoy the rest of the day with much Peace for all,
Barb

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~GOD BLESS AMERICA~



Saturday, May 28, 2016

STRAWBERRIES and a HELIANTHUS

I worked on these most of the week.
Now back to housework...YUK!
Here a some of my red velvet strawberry pinkeeps...
 The one with the bead cap ('tis SOLD) is filled with walnut shells, blanket stitched around the leaves and made a matching twisted chord for two of the bigger ones.  
The next one in the center has blanket stitching around the leaves, feather stitched the seam and did a fly stitch for the leaf veins.  This one is filled with poly fill.  
The small one in the back I made some time ago...It travels with me everywhere I go...not much fancy work but this is what started it all.  I have been so inspired by all the others I see on the internet, I just had to give it a try.  I find it very soothing and relaxing.

STRAWBERRY #1 (SOLD)

STRAWBERRY #2

 MY KEEPER...
Goes with me everywhere. 


Here is my HELIANTHUS Pinkeep...    
(Being offered up FOR SALE)
commonly known as the Common Sunflower
Those are black beads in the center.
Mounted it on a vintage textile spool.  
I love how it is now elevated for easy reaching 
and keeping pins handy.  
I am making another for ME.

Yes, you guessed it, there is a small strawberry at the base.  Made it of vintage aged butter, yellow velvet and stuffed it with carded wool, tiny blanket stitches around the leaves, added a MOP ring and a twisted fob chord


Top view - Looking down. 
LOVE IT!
 I am in the process of making another for my friend 
who just so happens LOVES the Helianthus.
It will be a surprise, so no names mentioned.


I have an update for my cone flowers...
 Our Bunny figurine stands at attention with his patriotic flag 
Just in time for this Special Memorial Day Weekend,
overseeing the Cone Flower Garden/Echinacea.
 Gots to go...

If anyone is interested I will be offering my Pinkeeps
up for sale on EBAY.

If interested???
You can click on "My Ebay Auctions" in the 
upper left corner of this Blog.
or email me at 
mombarbshores1@yahoo.com.

In the meantime I will
TTYL, Have a Blessed Day with Peace for all...
 Barb

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~God Bless America~ 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

IT'S BEEN WEEKS...I'M BACK

I really have been busy with not much to show for it.  
Just want to show a picture of my Echinacea/Cone Flower that made it thru the winter.  
This one survived my brown thumb.
I am so proud of it.
I have two more planted around this small cluster of rocks
 and they seem to be doing very well too.

Not much luck with plants as I killed my 'Meyers Lemon Tree'.
Thought I was doing all the right things.
Apparently it did not like the desert's summer heat and winter's cold nights.
Anyways, I finally gave up on it after much babying and determined
that I could grow a potted Meyers in the Mojave Desert.
Maybe it really wasn't my brown thumb after all???

Started a herb garden...So far it is OK.
I even purchased some worm castings with hopes of
 NOT being a total failure and getting a Green Thumb this summer.
Will update you on this ... MAYBE!

I have been doing punch needle ornaments for a demonstration for our
Creative Crafters group here in Del Webb of Apple Valley.
Am also attempting knitting.  I want a Tasha Tudor Kindred Spirits Shawl.
Since I tend to be something of a tight wad, I figured
I could knit one.  I do not know how to knit YET.
PLUS
I am making velvet strawberry emery pinkeeps. 
I love them... the more the merrier. 
Will show them to you as soon as they are ready.

Hubs is hungry, gots to get off this puter and get him some grub...
Maybe 'Subway', (hehehe) they are close by.

Enjoy the rest of the week end...it is sunny here with too much wind.

TTYL with Peace for all,
Barb

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P.S. - "Go Trump"

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

FINAL UPDATE

This is it... I am very pleased.
It gives some 'Pizz Zazz' to my little cozy nook with
the wall to wall farm table.




I used Matte Modge Podge, lightly tinted with Burnt Umber. 
It still had a shinny finish not matte as I was hoping.
The darker areas are due to me trying to eliminate
the shinny reflection when editing the photos
and in so doing made shadows .

I ran out of MP so must get some for the hems.  Otherwise,
I am done...finished...kaput, 
THE END
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Thanks so much for visiting,

Enjoy the day with Peace for all,

Barb

PS: The hems are all glued with Modge Podge and it lays perfectly flat.  
      MP was  a perfect choice...in my opinion. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

UPDATE - Stenciling is done

Big Sigh.....
I have finished the painting(stenciling).


Tomorrow, "I hope", I want to begin antiquing and glazing, all in one process.
But first, I need to experiment on a piece of remnant canvas 
to see just how that will work.  
For this step I'm thinking about using Modge Podge tinted with???
Not sure of color but it may be burnt umber or burnt sienna.
That is why I say "I hope".


Here are some close ups of design along the sides. 
Maybe I am not finished painting, cause I'd really like to
do some subtle marbleizing in those lighter side areas.  
Just thinking...  
 Whatever I do, 
the final step will be to glue the 1/2" hems on all four sides.
Then I can say

~"THE END"~

 Did you know that the 'Pineapple' is a symbol for Hospitality/Welcome?

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Thanks for visiting,  
Barb


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

UPDATE~Stenciled Canvas Runner

I spent most of Sunday at Urgent Care with a diagnosed Bladder Infection and Kidney concerns...was treated with an antibiotic IV and RX for pills...
Tuesday, pain was still not getting better???
Went to ER early Tuesday...No more white blood cells in urine...CT Scan showed No Superficial Tumors in Bladder (have been treating this for 17 years) with kidney looking fine.  Blood work showed ALL IS WELL...
I have gotten a little behind with a big beautiful mess still on our farm table.
Pain persists while laying down and after sitting then walking.
Will see my Orthopedic Dr. on Monday for perhaps a hip problem??? 
Can't understand continued pain while walking if all is well .
Enough said ! ! !
Some Updates for today... 
must sit to paint, otherwise standing 
presents uncomfortable pain. 


~One End of Runner~



 ~Opposite End of Runner~
(using same stencil)

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Tomorrow, I will begin the sides using the 'Vine and berries' part of stencil.
Yet to be blocked out, not wanting to get it too busy .
Less is often more.
LUV the Pineapple design 

In spite of my recent physical limitations...
I am really enjoying making this runner...so far.


NEXT
~Antiquing~ 
FOLLOWED BY
~Hemming all four sides~
THEN
~It will be finished~

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'til next time, Thanks for visiting
&
Peace to all,
Barb

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

STENCILED CANVAS FLOOR/TABLE RUNNER

I have to move right along...
This project is using up my entire farm table, 
a place where we eat all our meals.
Get the picture???
 Next picture shows final stage before 
the Pineapple and vines are added.
All sides have been turned under 1/2" for hemming.
Now I just have to wait to get the stencil for this almost last phase.
So far, I am loving it... Just hope I do not mess it up.
It looks very orange on my screen...
It will need a final antiquing so it will be toned down.
Cant wait to get the final and finishing touches done.
I love Painted/stenciled floor cloths & table runners.
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Enjoy the day,
as always, Peace to all. 

Barb


Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Canvas Floor Rug ~ NOT

Our family celebrated Easter on Saturday at my 
daughter's and SIL's, home in the Laguna Hills, know as Aliso Viejo, CA.
I cannot say how happy I was to be able to spend it with all 4 grandchildren, both daughters, one of my sons, SonIL and DaughterIL, my loving husband and all four of our furr babies.  What a day!

Can you tell we were all having FUN???
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Today, Easter Sunday, after attending Mass, We had a simple Easter lunch.  
After yesterday's feast, a luncheon was all that we needed.
This gave me time to get started on the 'Painted Canvas Table Runner' (NOT floor cloth) that I have wanted to do for some time.

I base coated this 30" x 72" piece of canvas several days ago...
Had to let it dry for at least 30 hours
Today, I stenciled the checked border .
Need to do some trimming on the far long side.
Next I will add 8" x 4" stenciled diamonds, centered on
what has been done so far.
I hope to add pineapples in the corners...the design kind of
progresses is spurts.  
I don't want it to be too busy.  Wanting to keep it
within Colonial, Early American style.
I tend to get carried away with adding too many details
 It will be used on my 38" wide by 9' long farm table.
Purchased 16 years ago while living in VT from an
Antique Dealer in Ludlow.
It is not the real deal, but rather a reproduction'.
I guess that means I am not a purist.
Oh well...

Hope to keep you posted, but ya just never know...
 * * *
Hope you had a Blessed Easter...
We sure did!

Thanks for visiting with Peace to All,
Barb
  


Friday, March 18, 2016

Easter Ornies...

Just finished these...
Ready to enjoy for our Easter Celebration.

 Finished with some lace trim and I am not a lace person 
but, I like the finish.  
A 'Not Forgotten Farm' design.

This is the display on the credenza, just below my imaginary mantle...
It includes the framed Cross stitch Sampler
recently completed. 
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Just want to wish everyone a
"Blessed and Happy Easter"

 Peace to all,
Barb

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

~ FRAMED ~

Received my unfinished frame on Friday.
Spent Saturday doing the 'Faux Tortoise' graining.
Laced it to foam core on Sunday (after mass of course)....

"Voila"
Here it is ... Framed.
I am happy with the end result.
Now to find a place for it???
A wall (limited)?
OR
Table top (also limited)?
I am not thrilled with having to scale down these days.

NOT sure what my next endeavor will be... 
depends on my mood & frame of mind.

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As always thanks for visiting...

EnJoY the day with Peace to all,
Barb

Enjoying 'President's Day'...

Placed my silhouettes of George & Abe 
on our mantle...
To enjoy and help remember our history.


Have a great week...

*  *  *
Peace,
Barb